Why it matters: If cell-cultured meat companies want to use their products to eliminate animal cruelty in factories, feed a growing population and combat climate change — as they keep claiming it can — they need consumers to be able to trust their food, which can only happen if it's regulated like any other food product.
Japan suffered record population drop in 2018
Government statistics show Japan experienced its largest natural population decline ever in 2018, CNN reports, with a record-low birthrate and deaths hitting a post-war record high.
The big picture: "Japan is a 'super-aged' nation, meaning more than 20% of its population is older than 65. The country's total population stands at 124 million this year — but by 2065 it is expected to have dropped to about 88 million."
Go deeper: Extreme shrinking and aging in Japan